Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Strange Crusade

The Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa has warned that President Obama’s policy on having insurance pay for contraception is the work of “the Devil” and must be "violently opposed" (video below). Evidently Satan wants to relieve the suffering caused by unwanted children and overpopulation. I think he’s slipping.

Rush Limbaugh says the Constitution clearly prohibits having birth control covered by insurance companies. I knew the Founding Fathers were forward thinkers. I had no idea just how forward thinking they were. I wonder what they had to say about digital media, genetic engineering, and satellite technology. Rush goes on to say “If you don’t like the Catholic Church’s view on abortion, if you don’t like their view on contraception, don’t be Catholic.” Of course, you still have to follow their rules on those subjects! Rush says if people don’t agree with the Catholic Church on contraception, “They don’t have to sign up.” Not at all! They’re evidently automatically enrolled! If you want to obey the Catholic Church, you don’t have to sign up with them—all you have to do is live in the United States of America.

Where does all this stupidity come from? It turns out that there’s a scientific explanation. A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science concluded that people with less intelligence tend to be conservative. I’m sure it didn’t offend any of them. None of them would be reading the journal Psychological Science. Next time you have an argument with a conservative, you can tell them that conservatives are less intelligent, and that is just an empirical fact. Well, don’t use the word “empirical.” And talk really slowly. The study that concluded that conservatives are dumb was conducted using rigorous scientific testing methods. But they could have come to the same conclusion by just turning on Fox News.

There are some intelligent Republicans, but if they want to get anywhere in their own party, they have to keep their intelligence hidden. It’s kind of like how Republicans keep gay conservatives confined to the closet. I guess they keep intelligent conservatives confined to the library. And why would a reasonably intelligent person want to be with the Republicans? Well, it guarantees that whenever they’re at a conservative gathering, they’re always the smartest person in the room.

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